Mills, Vettori And Du Plessis Fined For Altercation
New Zealand bowlers Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori and South African batsman Francois du Plessis have all been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following an altercation during the World Cup quarter-final between the two sides in Dhaka.
Following the fall of a wicket, the three players were involved in an altercation while Mills and Vettori have been given further punishments for failing to conduct themselves within the spirit of the game.
Du Plessis was fined 50 percent ofhis match fee for his part in the incident while Mills, who was only on the field carrying drinks, and Vettori were fined 60 and 50 percent for the altercation and then a further 60 and 40 percent of their remaining fees for conduct 'contrary to the spirit of the game'.
The players were reported by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Rod Tucker, third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and and fourth umpire Nigel Llong.
Explaining the sanctions, match referee Roshan Mahanama said: "It was a very important time of a crucial match for both sides but there is never any excuse for deliberate physical contact in international cricket.
"Vettori and Mills continued to act inappropriately and contrary to the spirit of the game throughout, hence the second charges were laid against them.
"In determining the punishment I have taken into consideration the fact that none of these players has previously been involved in similar breaches of the code."
Mills pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against him and as such, a full hearing was required. Having been found guilty, he has the right to appeal. Vettori and du Plessis both pleaded guilty to the charges.
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